…these movies in February:
… War Horse, directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Emily Watson and David Thewlis among others. The film is based on the novel with the same title written by Michael Morpurgo and released in 1982.
The film tells the story of the friendship between a boy and his beloved horse that ends up being sold to the cavalry at the beginning of World War I, and everything that the horse goes through during his time in the cavalry, as well as the influence he has on all of those around him.
… The Descendants, directed by Alexander Payne and starring George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard and Beau Bridges. It’s based on the novel with the same title written by Kaui Hart Hemmings.
Matt King is a lawyer and the sole trustee of a land family trust. When his wife suffers a debilitating accident and lies comatose in hospital, he learns she was having an affair with a real state agent who would get a fat commission if the family would sell the land. He also discovers his two daughters are having problems and will need to learn how to deal with them if he wants to be a full-time parent.
… Hugo 3D, directed by Martin Scorcese and starring Asa Butterfield, Cholë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Jude Law and Christopher Lee among others.
Based on the novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret written by Brian Selznick, it tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who lives with his father, a clockmaker, until his father dies in a fire. Hugo’s uncle teaches the boy to maintain the clocks of Gare Montparnasse. After the uncle disappears, Hugo keeps working on the clocks and living off stolen food, while trying to repair a broken automaton his father was working on before his death.
… Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, it stars Nicholas Cage again as the inflammable Ghost Rider.
Based on a series of comic novels published by Marvel Comics, in which a stunt motorcyclist, Johnny Blaze, agrees to sell his soul to the “Devil” (later known as Mephisto) in order to save his mentor’s life. His soul bonds with an entity called Zarathos, making him blaze in flames and showing a skull instead of his head. In this sequel to the first film, Blaze helps a boy and protects him against a new enemy.
Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer from London, leaves his son to deal with the legal affairs of a recently deceased woman in a small village. There he finds out children are being kept at home, as if being protected from an unseen foe. Staying a night alone in an abandoned house, Arthur discovers the ghost of a woman, all in black, whose presence portends the death of a child. Arthur tries to atone for the woman’s suffering, but soon finds himself at the centre of her attention – and his son’s life on the line.